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London City Lionesses head coach Phillips hoping for Lady Luck against Blackburn Rovers

London City Lionesses head coach Melissa Phillips is hoping for better fortune for her side in-front of the opposition goal when The Pride face Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

The Dartford-based outfit have recorded three consecutive goalless draws in the FA Women’s Championship and with a bit more luck on their side, could have collected more than the three points that they have taken from those games.

Sunday provides London City Lionesses with another tough opponent who are notorious for defensive organisation in the form of Blackburn Rovers. Gemma Donnelly’s side have conceded just two goals more than the Lionesses having played one game less.

London City Lionesses head coach Phillips is expecting another tough game, however, she feels that her side are due some luck in the opposition box.

“The reality is that in the Sheffield game and in the Palace game, we knocked on the frame of goal, we hit the crossbar, made the keepers make big saves, had a couple of narrow misses and we drew a penalty in the Bees game” Phillips told FA Women’s Super League Full-Time.

“We are getting in good spaces and creating lots of opportunities but it is just that final piece.

“One of the girls said ‘When the goals come, it’ll be like buses’ which is a new saying to me as an American but I am now in for the two-for-one on buses and them coming in packs.

“We will look to challenge ourselves as we do every day in training and we are all eager to get a result under our belts.”

Blackburn Rovers are very much competing with London City Lionesses in a mini-league behind the clubs challenging for promotion and Phillips is expecting to come up against a side full of confidence on Sunday.

“We are expecting another tough battle” Phillips added. “They have been playing with a bit of belief having recorded a few results along the way.

“That has really helped them with their confidence, you can see that in the way that they are playing against the top teams in the league.

“We really want that game back (the 1-0 defeat at Blackburn) from earlier in the year. I think we knocked on the door but they made it difficult for us after they drew a penalty, they sat in and protected their goal.

“It will be anybody’s game on Sunday, it will come down to which team has the greater will and desire to win it.”

Blackburn Rovers have seen their first two games of the year postponed due to COVID-19 and it is not yet known whether their trip to Princes Park will be able to go ahead on Sunday. London City Lionesses boss Phillips is preparing her squad as normal and is hoping that the club will be able to face the Lancashire outfit this weekend.

She commented on the situation by saying “Nothing is guaranteed in the world of COVID but we hope that the game will go on.

“As long as everyone is healthy and it is safe to do so then I think that the game will go on as planned.”

London City Lionesses’ FA Women’s Championship fixture against Blackburn Rovers is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon with highlights to be made available on the FA Player.

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